Questions and Answers
Posted Jun 24, 2006
Q: I live in rented accommodation and am currently 'tarting up' the kitchen on a very tight budget. The lino on the floor has been well and truly stuck down - are there any paint products on the market I could use to paint the lino, if not what would be my cheapest method of re-flooring ? - Alison
A: A flexible 'rubbery' paint might work (lino moves a lot and most paints will crack and break up very quickly), but I don't think you'll be able to find anything hard-wearing enough. The generally accepted method is to just glue more lino over the top of the existing stuff - thoroughly clean and scrub the existing lino, and if necessary sand off any glossy finish with a quick once-over with sandpaper, patch any holes in the old stuff by patching them with lino cut from a hidden area (under the fridge or cupboards). Make sure it's very dry, then just glue more lino over the top.
Other top tips for sprucing up a tired kitchen include;
- painting old tiles with tile paint (can make a huge difference).
- Replacing retro handles with simple modern ones (You can even take them with you when you leave if you don't do any drilling).
- A splash of paint on the ceiling (which often yellows with cooking grime).
- Cleaning light fittings (more grime)
- Whip out any fluorescent lights and grab some cheap kitchen halogens or similar - softer light that you can direct allows you to choose how the room is lit and direct attention away from real problem areas.